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Sport of Mammy

Discussion in 'THE CROTON SOCIETY' started by TikiRick, Aug 7, 2009.

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  1. TikiRick

    TikiRick Well-Known Member

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    I saw a sport of Mammy growing at work. Mammy is planted in mass here, and one particular plant had a distinct sport growing from it.

    I rooted it and planted it out. A few questions surrounding the sport:

    1. Is a sport that looks totally different that unusual?

    2. Does the sport always revert back to one the original parent plants if say, Mammy is a hybrid?

    3. Will this sport revert back to Mammy at all?

    4. Will a Mammy exhibit different types of "sports" or will all of the sports from Mammy look pretty much the same?
     
  2. fawnridge

    fawnridge Well-Known Member

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    I'm guessing the sport you are seeing is the usual long-leaf one that Mammy gets quite frequently. I've never seen more than a single leaf at a time, so I don't know what will happen if you try to root it. The only success I've ever had with a Mammy sport is the Golden Mammy (below). This one was from a branch where every leaf took on this color; this plant is now 7 years old:

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  3. Croton1

    Croton1 Active Member

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    Hey Rick

    Mammy sports quite often, especially when there is a hedge of it. To answer your questions:

    1- True sports are always different from the original

    2- Sometimes the sport will revert, always best to cut the reverted limb off to maintain the sport and by the way, all Crotons as we know it can be called a hybrid, since they all came from one type.

    3-Maybe....

    4- I am posting a variety of Mammy sports found so far........Check out the Mammy with 3 different sports.

    Root the sport as you would any other cutting and if it's different, guess who gets to name it!!

    Lee
     

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  4. TikiRick

    TikiRick Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, men.
    I did root it and it is chuggin along nicely.
    I keep my eyes on the landscape moreso than the road these days looking for unusual crotons.
     
  5. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Rick - has it flushed new leaves?

    Ron. :)
     
  6. ScotTi

    ScotTi Esteemed Member

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    Rick, Any updates ?
     
  7. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Mine does exactly as you described Ricky. :)
     
  8. ScotTi

    ScotTi Esteemed Member

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    Here is a few pics of a Mammy that was killed to the ground this past winter. There were 3 plants here, one did not return, one returned with no color and the other returned with nice colors.
     

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